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Monday, September 26, 2011

All We Ever Wanted Was 'Fair & Balanced'

There is a business model here crying out to TV news executives and producers.  Not that any of them will pay attention to it.  They seem to prefer ideology over job security and return on investors' equity.

Pew: Fox News Channel America’s No.1 Source for TV News
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

The Fox News Channel beat out local television and CNN as Americans' number one source of television news on national and international issues, according to a survey published Thursday by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press.

In the survey, which was conducted July 20-24, Pew asked 1,501 American adults whether they got most of their television news on national and international issues from local television, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, or if television was not a main source of news for them.

Fox came out on top with 19 percent saying they got most of their TV news there. That was followed by local television at 16 percent, CNN at 15 percent, NBC at 10 percent, ABC at 8 percent, CBS at 7 percent, and MSNBC at 6 percent.

Thirty-four percent said that television was not a main source of news for them.

Pew has been asking Americans where they get most of their television news since January 2002. Back then, CNN led with 28 percent followed by Fox News with 16 percent and local television with 16 percent. [link]
In graph form, it looks like this:

I think most fair-minded people in this country would agree with me that the least biased news reporting on television today comes from Fox and the local news outlets.  The Pew study is a reflection of that fact.

When do you suppose the other networks will wise up and tone down the liberal attitude?